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A coupe car used to be defined as a car with a low, sleek roofline and two doors. But there are now lots of used coupe cars for sale that have four-doors, serving as a more stylish and sporty alternative to four-door saloons. Stretching the genre even further are coupe-SUVs, with a sporty look but a raised ride height. What matters with a coupe most, however, is if it looks good with an attractive body and is enjoyable to drive - practicality comes second.
Many people who buy a used coupe are buying a car with their heart more than their head. It can simply be an arresting design or cool image that makes you want to have a coupe on your driveway. Coupes just look more special than hatchbacks and saloon cars, and their rarity helps them to be desirable. However, another important factor of coupes is that they are often better to drive than the saloons or hatchbacks on which they are based, with sportier suspension settings and more exciting engine options. But many of them are still cheap to run despite the look,
What you want from a used coupe car depends on your budget and size needs. There are many four-seat convertibles that are based on saloons, and the BMW 4 Series is one of our favourites, as is the affordable but stylish four-door Mercedes-Benz CLA. Audi will also sell you the A5 Sportback, a sleek and surprisingly practical four-door coupe. But there are some great cars that were designed as coupes from the outset, such as the driver-focused Porsche 718 Cayman, the muscular Ford Mustang and the luxurious Bentley Continental GT.
Coupes almost always demand you make a sacrifice on space and practicality, so make sure the one you want fits your needs. There are many used coupe cars for sale that don’t feel any more exciting than their saloon or hatchback equivalents, either. Bespoke coupes, often sports cars, can be driven hard, so make sure you check that it’s been looked after and serviced properly. Finally, coupe-SUVs might look a bit more interesting, but very few of them are exciting to drive.
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